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        02-28-2013, 10:31 PM
      #191
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    Went and tried the Circle Y I found at a local feed store on Aires today. My halters are two hours away with my Aussie saddle, so I used my new bridle (that the browband is too small on) with the Little S on it to "halter" him and lead him. I had my boyfriend (who is non-horsey and VERY intimidated by Aires' size) hold him while I put the saddle on him. The saddle was so ridiculously tight on the poor boy that he actually bit the sleeve of my hoodie when I put my hand under the front of the tree to check how tight the bars were. He hasn't really bitten me in almost two years. I tried to lunge him a little (was awkward with the Little S and his reins) and he'd do a quarter of a circuit and then stop and face me like "Mom, it hurts!"

    I'm going to have to do a withers tracing on him and try to figure out what size tree we need. I'm not sure what size tree the Circle Y has. One person said it looked like semi-QH bars, but someone else said it was FQHB.

    The beastly has grown SO much! I swear he's 16.2hh now. When I put the bridle on him, I could barely reach his poll and had to force him to put his head down so I could actually put it on. He is also filthy. :-/ And of course, all my grooming stuff is with my saddle and halters.
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        03-01-2013, 08:52 PM
      #192
    Trained
    Went horsey shopping today. Got a new red lunge line (didn't have one), a training stick (been wanting one for a while), a shedding block (woo!), some dewormer, and a bucket of Orvus. When the rest of my taxes come in (got state today, should get federal on Monday), I'm going to get a three-tier saddle rack.

    I also found a saddle blanket I LOVE. This pic makes it look more blue, but it's actually a nice greeny teal.

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        06-23-2014, 08:49 PM
      #193
    Trained
    I really need to start keeping this journal again. So, here goes...

    Aires is now 5 and has grown like a weed. He's easily pushing 17hh and is going through a bit of a growth spurt right now. Not sure if he's getting taller or just wider.

    My best friend has been helping me work with him and he's getting better all the time. Not that he was ever bad before. Lol. Got him a new bit that he loves and responds well to (it's similar to the Sharon Camarillo Tender Touch). Pretty sure that my aussie saddle doesn't fit him, which is why he's been such a pain in the rump about stopping. My best friend rides him bareback because there isn't a saddle at the barn that fits him and she doesn't want to have to schlep her saddle back and forth. He's great bareback and more responsive than he's ever been.

    Tomorrow, my plan is to go out in the afternoon and ride him bareback. Robert is going to come with me. It will be the first time I've ridden him in a few months. Oddly, I'm not really nervous or scared, like I usually am. I would go out in the morning, but there's more people at the barn then, plus I need to go back to the doctor for my stupid hand.
         

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